Police resume search for two missing bushwalkers

NSW Police have been in contact with the two bushwalkers in the Blue Mountains who have been reported missing since Friday.

Alfred Zawadzki, 69, and Klaus Umland, 81, were identified earlier Monday as the bushwalkers who left Dunphys campsite in the Megalong Valley on Wednesday and told a friend they would be back on Friday.

Klaus Umland, 81, and Alfred Zawadzki, 69.

Klaus Umland, 81, and Alfred Zawadzki, 69.

Police confirmed the bushwalkers had contacted authorities via cell phone late Monday evening. Authorities hope to have more information later in the night.

The public was urged to come forward if they had seen any of the men. Zawadzki is Caucasian in appearance, approximately 180 cm tall, of medium height and has gray hair. Umland has Caucasian appearance, is about 170 cm tall and has gray hair.

Police were notified when Zawadzki missed an appointment on Sunday and a search, including the use of search helicopters, was launched for the couple.

The search for the pair was suspended late Sunday but resumed Monday at 7am. Police said in a statement the men were regular and experienced bushwalkers and it was believed their planned route would have been within their means.

Umland’s car was found in the parking lot at Dunphy’s campsite.

The two men left for the bushwalk on Wednesday and were scheduled to return on Friday.

The two men left for the bushwalk on Wednesday and were scheduled to return on Friday.Credit:NSW Police

A statement from Blue Mountains Police Area Command said specialist bush search teams from the NSW SES have come in to help.

“Police of the Blue Mountains [wish] to recognize the support of our volunteer agencies who invest so much time, experience and skill in these challenging situations,” they said.

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Callan Tansill

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